Two Democratic state senators kept their seats in Tuesday's Wisconsin recall election. Republicans still hold the legislature, but less comfortably. They are now more likely to tailor policy to independent voters, say analysts.
The warring factions could be taking note of voter restlessness over the long standoff between the governor and Wisconsin's state workers – or they could simply be wearing down. Either way, hint of compromise is in the air.
With Wisconsin's senators still in hiding, the rest of the state's lawmakers continue to wrangle over a budget bill that would mean big changes for most public employees. Who'll blink first?